Fest serves opening ‘Cut’

Ryan pic preems o'seas

LONDON — Jane Campion, her hair in customary pigtails, presented the U.K. premiere of her steamy pic “In the Cut” during the opening night gala of the Times BFI 47th London Film Festival.

Pic’s Mark Ruffalo, who also has “My Life Without Me” in the fest, told Variety he was considering making his West End debut next year in a major London revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie.” Play is to be directed by Ian Rickson, artistic director of London’s Royal Court Theater.

Leading lady Meg Ryan and producer Laurie Parker joined Ruffalo at the Saatchi Gallery after-party, where revelers mingled freely across the various rooms, all of which look out on to the Thames. Few seemed fazed by the Saatchi’s controversial collection that includes David Falconer’s “Vermin Deathstar” — a giant ball of fake rats.

Also on hand: Jake Gyllenhaal, who is in London shooting the film version of the David Auburn play “Proof,” Stephen Frears, “Cold Mountain” helmer Anthony Minghella, plus producers Lynda Myles and Mark Shivas.

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